CHATHAM, NJ - The Borough of Chatham Council decided to move forward with scheduled road projects despite Gov. Christie's recent freeze on state transportation trust fund expenditures on Monday night during a special emergency meeting of the council.
The council decided, without objection, to take what it portrayed as a "low risk" by moving forward with paving projects on Lafayette Avenue and Front Street while waiting for state grant money to be allocated. The Lafayette project will begin on Aug. 1 and be completed before school starts in September.
Chatham will be responsible for an additional $155,000 if the grant is not honored by the state.
"The project came in at $215,000, which is less than the authorized appropriation (of $250,000) came in for," Robert Falzarano, borough administrator, said. "Since the project came in less than the original appropriation, the borough's obligation would drop to less than $60,000 and the state's obligation would be $155,000."
Robert Falzarano, borough administrator, explains that the borough will be responsible for $155,000 if the state does not honor the grant for the project
Council president Jim Lonergan (see video below) asserted that the risk was small and that Lafayette Avenue was a Chatham road that needed to be repaired. Collander (see video below) noted that the money had already been allocated in the capital budget of the borough and that a delay could make the project more expensive in the future.
Council members Jim Lonergan and James Collander speak in favor of going forward with the projects